University College Cork

Welcome to Cork! University College Cork is situated in the south of Ireland, just minutes from Cork’s City’s vibrant centre.

  • Cork City was the European Capital of Culture in 2005
  • Located 3 hours away from Dublin by bus
  • Student population of over 20,000
  • Ireland’s leading university for scientific research (source)

Find out more about:

  1. The Campus
  2. The City

The Campus

Quad. Clock Tower, UCC.Photograph by Tomas Tyner, UCC.

Founded in 1845, University College Cork (UCC) is a university built on a foundation of traditional academic excellence and has ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of its research output and peer esteem. The UCC main campus is a ten-minute walk from Patrick Street in the heart of the city centre, allowing students easy access to all the excitement and activity going on in Ireland’s “rebel city” at any time of day! The UCC campus gains the reputation of having one of the nicest ‘gardens’ in all of Cork City and students often describe UCC as an incredibly green and quaint place to live and study. In fact, UCC was also the first university in the world to be awarded the international Green Flag for environmental friendliness in 2010.

From trampolining to the official Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), UCC offers a wide range of clubs and societies. The indoor sports facility, the Mardyke Arena, has recently undergone a €16 million redevelopment.  With state-of-the-art facilities and programmes, including pilates, squash, fitness gyms, swimming, indoor and outdoor athletics and climbing activities, the arena is now one of the leading indoor sports facilities in Ireland!

The City

Cork’s English Market

Known to locals as the “True Capital” of Ireland, Cork City is a place rich in culture and pride and continues to grow its reputation as one of Europe’s hippest cities. As the Republic of Ireland’s second largest city, Cork has all the cosmopolitan energy of a city, yet still maintains a very small town charm. The city is built on the water surrounded by the beautiful River Lee. From cafés and restaurants to music venues and sports facilities, everything is in easy reach for students living in Cork. For example, the famous English Market is located right in the heart of the centre and is filled with food stalls selling delicacies from all around the world!

As part of the largest county in Ireland, Cork City effortlessly merges its city life with the beautiful surrounding countryside and offers plenty of outdoor activities and water sports. Looking to explore beyond Cork’s city walls? A trip to Blarney Castle and the home of the famous Blarney Stone is just a stone’s throw (get it?) away! A daytrip to the picturesque town of Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic, or an afternoon exploring Kinsale, the ‘Gourmet Capital of Ireland’, are both great weekend activities whist in Cork!

Top Five Things to do whilst at University College Cork
1. Visit the Cork Butter Museum and learn more about the butter trade and its significance in Irish history!

2. Grab a blanket, some friends and a few international delicacies from the English Market and have a picnic in one of the many green spaces located throughout campus.

3. Cross Cork’s most famous footbridge: the Daly’s Bridge, know to locals as the Shakey Bridge

4. Take a day trip to nearby Kinsale, a historic port and fishing town and one of the most picturesque places in the country!

5. Catch a trad session (traditional Irish music) at one of the local pubs in town

Want to know more about studying abroad at UCC? Watch this ‘Day in the Life’ video made by Kaylee Latimer, UCEAP student who spent her 2014/2015 academic year abroad in Cork!

Interested in studying abroad at University College Cork? Click here to find out what the programme has to offer.

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